Into the Beehive with the Canon 5D

posted on 2011.07.03, under Canon 5D Mark II, Photos, Video

I shot this video using the Canon 5D and the Canon 16-35mm lens.   No external microphone was used.   I shot this in about 1 hour, came home, transcoded (using MPEG Streamclip), imported into Final Cut Pro and exported in about 2-3 hours.  Total project took about 4-5 hours.

I used Magic Bullet Looks, which significantly increased the rendering time.  I was doing some photo editing on Aperture and it took my computer (MacBook Pro 2.3, i7, 8GB ram) about 2 hours to render this 11+ minute clip.

I shot the photos, using the 16-35mm, using pocket wizard TT5,  and hand held the 580EXii.  Approximate settings – 1/250, f13, ISO 160

I shot the video in Ushi, Armenia.  The guy in the video, Merooj, is a friend of my Dad’s.  He brings his bee’s to 3 different feeding locations a year. My Dad’s home happens to be one of these locations. The bees may travel up to  3 miles away from the hive in search of flowers.  Merooj has no fear and does not flinch when he is stung by a bee; he actually smiles.

Shooting was a bit difficult.  I was always aware that I was standing amongst 30 hives and bees would fly into my body every few seconds.   As it got hot the bees became more active and it felt more congested then a New York sidewalk.  But the real difficult issue was keeping the camera in focus.  It was extremely bright outside and the cloudy sky was creating an intense contrast.   I was never 100% confident with exposure and focus.   I have a marshal monitor (5 inch), but the hassle is not worth the benefits, so I did not use it.  I have since ordered an EVF from Zacuto that runs off of Canon batteries.  I’ll let you guys know how the EVF (electronic view finder) works when I get it.



have you ever tried one of those hoods that covers the lcd panel creating a view finder? what is the hassle with the marshal monitor? Is that the one with the hdmi input that sits on top of the camera?


nick ( July 4, 2011 at 8:23 am )

freakin awesome by the way. I love the line: can you put your hand in there again please?

wonder what reitzel would do there?

nick ( July 4, 2011 at 8:31 am )

The benefits of using the Marshall monitor 5 inch did not out weigh the hassle of having it attached to the camera. The image does not even utilize the entire 5 inch screen. There is a compatibility issue, that is not excusable.
I have recently purchased the Zacuto EVF, hopefully it is useful, but I am not holding my breath. Getting sharp focus is even difficult while using the eye piece built into the Canon, especially with Zeiss lens on a bright day.
I do have the Zacuto Z-Finder, 3X, and find it useful for shooting video.

sevan ( July 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm )

Dear Uncle Sevan,

Wow! Wish we could have been there with you. How did the honey taste?

We miss you!

Aram and Haig and Tyler ( July 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm )

You can call your “dad’s” house “our” house.

your father

Hyrig ( September 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm )

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